Racial Justice

Ferguson, protests, body camera videos, cell phone videos, and social media have opened our eyes in a new way to the racial injustice in our community and in the nation as a whole.  Women’s Voices has always promoted racial justice, but now is the time to double down on our efforts in response to the Ferguson Commission’s call for action.

Women’s Voices has responded by forming the Racial Justice Committee.  This Committee will follow the Women’s Voices’ mission of education and advocacy. To educate, we will read about and discuss racial justice issues through a series of book discussions, both on-line and in-person.  A book will be chosen for discussion every other month. To advocate, we will work to support legislation that will improve the lives of those who have suffered so much injustice. For more information about the Committee email advocacy@womensvoicesraised.org

Book Club: Raising Awareness of Racial Justice

Every other month, a high quality, carefully vetted book focusing on racial justice issues will be selected for participants to read and discuss. There will be a discussion of each book prior to our monthly programs (Sept-May) from 5:30-6:30.  During the summer discussions will be held at the University City Library.   For more information click here.

Study Shows Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family.

An article about the study in The Nation notes, “Just as past public policies created the racial wealth gap, current policy widens it.”

From the article: It took 400 years of slavery, segregation, and institutionalized discrimination in the labor and housing markets to build the wealth gap that we see today. For example, by the time the Fair Housing Act made discrimination in housing illegal in 1968, people of color had missed out on decades of robust growth in the housing markets (and much of the next generation missed out on that wealth building in the 20 years it took to fully implement the law). “The racial wealth divide is how the past shows up in the present,” Chuck Collins tells The Nation.

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White Privilege: Have We Learned Not To Look?   February 12, 2015

Speakers: Amy Hunter, Director of Racial Justice, YWCA
Robert Good, Ph.D., Social Studies teacher, Ladue Horton Watkins High School

A record audience turned out for this especially timely program. Attendees lingered long after the meeting was adjourned to continue the discussion of the speakers’ personal experiences with racial injustice and their approaches for addressing it.  Rob Good said white privilege has opened doors for him that remain closed to nonwhites. Read more